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traveling and being leisurely for travel + leisure

Chocolate mousse pie at Pels Pie Company in Brooklyn. Credit: Alex Van Buren  This morning my computer had a close encounter with a cup of coffee. I shorted out the keyboard but maybe not the whole contraption; time will tell. It shocks … Continue reading

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recent to-ings, fro-ings, and eats

Dry-aged beef potstickers at Brooklyn’s East Wind Snack Shop. Go there. Sprinkle that umami secret spice mix on ’em. So good. Photo: Alex Van Buren, Instagram Happy August! So let’s get something clear up front: No one is allowed to mention … Continue reading

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setting the table

Photo: Alex Van Buren, Instagram My father’s mother recently realized that her eldest unmarried granddaughter is living in Brooklyn, alone, without the proper accoutrements. Our calls typically involve my shouting so she can hear me—she is 94—and grandma shouting so … Continue reading

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a launch + a memory

So yesterday was a bit of a rough one. It wasn’t work that was tough. My colleagues and I launched a new site, Yahoo Food, a work in progress of which, as Features Editor, I’m proud. We’ve been toiling away … Continue reading

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new orleans!

Oh, my goodness, this is becoming a biannual blog. That *can’t* be good for SEO. This site is primarily for professional purposes, though, designed to send the curious to my writing, video and editing clips, which are here. It’s also … Continue reading

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cat-sized watermelons and other indignities

My last post overstated things. Prosciutto and butter and bread are excellent, yes. But that was then (May), and this is now (July), and the city has an ineffable stickiness that makes you root, root, root for the kids wasting … Continue reading

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picnic like you mean it

It’s been a while. And now it’s hot outside. I’m not one of these people who covets salads, tiny berries and buckets of water when it’s hot. I covet ice cream and barbecue, lobster rolls and chicken liver mousse. Weird … Continue reading

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IACP Best Televised Culinary Series Nomination

So this is a little wild: The season of the NY CHOW Report that I wrote, hosted and produced and Alex Lisowski directed, shot and edited was just named a finalist for best “Televised Culinary Series” by the International Association … Continue reading

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winter warmers: my favorite cold-weather recipes

Homemade baked béchamel mac ‘n cheese with sriracha I am not a winter person. I hate the cold, and have vivid memories of my parents using the “double plastic bag” method to keep our feet warm in the winters of the late 1970s. … Continue reading

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ebullient at borobudur

Borobudur monument in Java, Indonesia In Bali, everybody looks good walking down the beach in their flowing sarongs. In Bali, the ocean crashes an appropriate distance away (not too close, and none too fiercely), and the sand looks like it’s … Continue reading

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